Solar Power Efficiency Update! November 4, 2008

November 4, 2008 at 7:05 am 1 comment

A news story broke today on the Reuter’s News Service about a coating that could seriously increase the efficiency of all solar panels allowing the panels to absorb up to 96.2% of available sunlight.

The story can be found here: http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE4A26XF20081103?rpc=64

Excerpt: “A new type of reflective coating can make solar panels far more efficient, soaking up nearly all available sunlight from nearly any angle, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Current solar panels — which convert energy from the sun into electricity — absorb only about two-thirds of available sunlight.

But surfaces treated with a coating developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, can harvest 96.2 percent of sunlight.

What good news for a rainy election day in Southern California!

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  • 1. simple heaters  |  January 11, 2009 at 11:27 am

    this is great news. the more efficient it becomes, the cheaper it will be for everyone.

    Reply

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